Here are the important features of Co-ownerships.
- Buyer obtains ownership of a percentage interest by deed.
- Buyer gains exclusive right to occupy a specific unit through a registered Co-ownership Agreement and the provisions of the Co-ownership Agreement.
- Buyer gains a percentage interest in the common areas of the building.
- Buyer becomes a member of the Co-ownership Corporation which:
- manages the affairs of the building according to the Co-ownership Agreement, the corporation by-laws, and/or private contracts.
- represents the interests of the owners.
- Buyer can individually finance her/his unit.
- Buyer is assessed for percentage share of common expenses, based on the size of the unit in comparison to the whole building.
- Co-ownership Agreement requires a reserve monetary fund to be established for maintenance of building.
- Buyer can participate in management decisions by sitting on the Board of Directors and voting at Annual General Meeting.
- Buyer is subject to the Co-ownership Agreement rules and by- laws and other contractual documentation of the Co-ownership Corporation.
- Buyer does not need consent of the other co-owners of the Co-ownership Corporation to sell, rent or mortgage her/his unit.
- Sale of unit is subject to receipt of an Estoppel Certificate which identifies any outstanding payments, assessments, or legal actions re unit or Corporation.
- Co-ownership has yearly audited financial reports issued to all shareholders and is self-managed or managed by a professional management company.
(Prepared by Martin K.I. Rumack, Barrister & Solicitor and a leading authority on Co-ownership properties.)
Is Co-Ownership the right choice for you? Although most banks will not finance co-ownership properties, financing is available through certain credit unions. TD CanadaTrust is also working doing pilot projects on various buildings. We recommend working with Mortgage Consultants who specialize in Co-ownership purchases. They will discuss minimum down-payment options and alternative financing available. (a line of credit, parents, private financing or a VTB - Vendor Take Back mortgage)
If you have further questions about co-ownership and the available properties, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you!